After watching the emergence of the nationwide women’s marches and the much-needed conversations about the treatment, empowerment and equality of women, I was disappointed in some of the signs carried at the Lexington Women’s March.
I have a daughter who I am endeavoring to raise with a strong sense of who she is and what she is capable of — regardless of her gender.
However, if I cannot even share with her pictures of the march signs because they are vulgar and/or demeaning to others, what lessons will she learn?
Are we teaching our daughters to fight for equality by devaluing the lives of others (like the sign that read “Governor Bevin I wish your mom had had birth control”)? Are we teaching future women leaders that the way to power and equality is to use vulgar language about your reproductive organs (language that no man would ever be allowed to use)?
Regardless of one’s political leanings or desire to be heard and valued, vulgarity and meanness is not the way to make a point. I fear that if these are the avenues we women take, we will become what we are rising up against. Do we really want to derail a movement with these tactics?